A coroner's inquest has ruled that Gloucestershire climber David Rothman died because he did not tie into his harness properly. Rothman, 73, a retired engineer and a regular at Gloucester climbing wall the Warehouse, suffered multiple fractures after falling about 30ft, and died in hospital two days later.
|YOU Better State This than Coroner --check <WHATEVER> knot! - 22/04/2012|
|The wording "did not tie into his harness properly" already is loaded with connotations that exceed the evidence; rather, all that can be concluded from the evidence is that he was NOT secured to the harness. Quite possibly --and some of us think it is probable--, as with one accident with world-class climber Lynn Hill, the deceased failed to tie ANY knot (and not that he tied a particular one that is cast into disfavor)! The coroner is reported to have made some unsupported, and in this way quite unhelpful, arguably harmful, comments --to wit: [from : www.thisisgloucestershire.co.uk/Climber-s-death-wrong-knot-inquest-told/story-15725038-detail/story.html ] Recording an accidental death verdict, the deputy Gloucestershire coroner David Dooley said it appeared to be a tragic case of human error. "Had a stopper knot been used, the rope probably would not have failed," he said. "There is a direct causal link between his decision to use a particular knot without a stop knot and his fall." The last quotation is egregiously ill-advised: there is no evidence to support this. Rather, of a seasoned (50yrs climbing!) climber, it would be natural to use a secure tie-in if one were attempted and completed; thus, it is reasonable to infer that he was distracted at the time, and in any case was not checked ... , and simply forgot to >>tie<< anything. *knudeNoggin*|